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BookTalkUNA: However Long the Night

New York City Chapter

Thursday, May 2, 2013
When Molly Melching arrived at the University of Dakar in Senegal to study in the fall of 1974, she planned on staying for only six months. Those six months would then turn into many decades, as she became deeply involved in humanitarian work. She founded Tostan (which means breakthrough in Wolof), an organization helping social and economic development in African communities through multidisciplinary education based on respect for human rights. 

Author Aimee Molloy follows Melching's fascinating life helping the women and communities of West Africa, delineating her groundbreaking strategies that have led to more education for women, increased health care, human rights and greater awareness of the dangers of female genital cutting - a tradition that has been deeply entrenched within the culture. In coordination with the government of Senegal, Tostan is working toward the goal of eradicating the practice by 2015 and is on-track to enable it.  Tostan's approach is to bring human rights-based education to a community and enable a community-led process of discussion and shared understanding to optimize practices of health, governance, education, project management and environmental protection. Through an outreach model called organized diffusion, villagers share their knowledge and decision-making with their extended family and social network, across neighboring villages and entire regions. Tostan understands that true change can come only from within.

In HOWEVER LONG THE NIGHT we see how this attitude empowers the communities of West Africa and how Melching's relationship with these communities not only brings about new outlooks on life but also profoundly affects Melching herself. Alongside Melching's story are the stories of the African women embracing Tostan's vision and breaking down cultural traditions that have been holding them back. The power of their transformative journeys, and those of millions of Africans who have been impacted by their work, comes alive on the page. This is the story of how lasting change can start with one woman and how the connections within a community and between communities can lead to a better world.

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WHERE AND WHEN

Steelcase, Inc.
4 Columbus Circle
(58th Street and 8th Avenue)

Thursday, May 2, 2013

6:30 - Reception 
7:00 - Presentation
8:00 - Book Signing

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